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The TV guys are talking about how good the oriole defense is, and I just want to slap them around a bit. If they are really third and fielding percentage, then fielding percentage means absolutely nothing.

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1 minute ago, Philip said:

And those old tridents, wasn’t that a great logo?

Not as great as a cartoon bird. But pretty nice. :D

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Been watching the stands, looking for Goober Noodles. Haven't talked to him in a long time.

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I wonder if in his conversation with the home plate umpire Severino said something like,”That probably is a strike, but would you mind too much calling it for my guy?”

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Other than the first inning when everything was up in the zone, this is the best I’ve seen Kremer look.

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Just now, Il BuonO said:

Other than the first inning when everything was up in the zone, this is the best I’ve seen Kremer look.

Yeah he was wild high at first. I was worried.

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